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PROVIDENCE, R.I.--Last week, the most-read items on the RealClear-Politics website were complaints about the "mainstream media." Basically, it was Mitt Romney supporters claiming that their man was behind in polls because the so-called mainstream media were biased against conservatives.
On the left, meanwhile, the beefs tend to focus on "what the media aren't reporting"--most often plundering by Big Business. About 11 out of 10 times these commentators know "what the media aren't reporting" because they read about it where?
Let's linger on the left side for
But the "untold story" of what Bain did to companies and their employees, including the debt part, has been told about a million times. It's been told in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, and leading newspapers from Maine
Every fact pertinent to Taibbi's thesis was revealed elsewhere in the media. It is entirely possible that many of Taibbi's readers--like the millions who get their news from right-leaning Fox News--don't spend much time reading grownup coverage of public affairs. They prefer hyper-partisan presentations and thrill at the suggestion of conspiracy. That's fine, but let's not pretend that an opinion piece relying on the reporting of others is unveiling a cover-up.
Last month, conservative Michael Barone grumbled that criticisms of Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as a running mate were "echoed gleefully by mainstream media." This was three weeks after a Wall Street Journal editorial, "Why not Ryan?" helped propel the pick of the Wisconsin rep.
"The case for Mr. Ryan is that he best exemplifies the nature and stakes of this election," the editorial said. "More than any other politician, the House Budget chairman has defined those stakes well as a generational choice about the role of government and whether America will once again become